These are the very best snorkel tours in Maui.

Maui is one of the most sought after vacation destinations in the world. There's something about the air, the water, and the people here that have folks coming back time after time. You may already know that Maui has several different climate zones - from the sometime snow capped peak of Haleakala volcano to verdant green rain forests, but by far the thing that attracts us the most is the turquoise Pacific, which of course hosts these awesome snorkel tours.

When you visit Maui for a relaxing beach vacation, keep in mind that adventure awaits you, too! You can explore the jungle on hiking tours, see the Road to Hana on comfy coach tours, or enjoy the land from a new perspective while riding a helicopter or horse. If you came to this island to see the sea, however, what you need are some snorkel tours. Our dynamic world ocean is not only beautiful, it is home to countless life forms – an estimated 91% of which have not even been named yet!

One of the best ways to experience Maui is by snorkeling the reefs – especially Molokini Crater!  Over hundreds of years, coral polyps have found Molokini Crater to be a perfect spot to settle and grow.  All the beautiful fish living among the corals couldn't agree more, especially since their crater was named a Marine Life Conservation District!  (No fishing is allowed, although the seabirds there never follow that rule.)  You and your family will have an incredible time when you snorkel Molokini, which sits just three miles off the Maui coast.  Several different and exciting vessels can take you to Molokini as well as the wonderful snorkeling sites off the island of Lanai!

If you're considering snorkeling (which you probably are, you're reading this, after all), I must don my mother hen hat. Make some chicken noises for me, will you please? Thank you. (Wow, you're really good at that!) All right, here's the deal:

Snorkeling looks easy, but it is actually quite an athletic activity that takes a lot of energy and coordination. You use unfamiliar equipment, and you exercise muscles that may not have been swimming in a long time. If you don't know how to swim, don't try snorkeling. If you do know how to swim, and you're ready to go, snorkel tours are awesome!

Always snorkel with a buddy, and listen to the safety tips provided by your boat crew. If you snorkel off the coast (as in, getting into the water straight from the beach), stay close to the shore as you explore, and be aware of your surroundings. Wind and waves can change at any moment, and I want you to stay safe. Speaking of safety, please don't touch anything unless you're in trouble - especially the reefs. They are delicate organisms who do not like to be touched. And if you touch a turtle, it's not only disrespectful, but you can be fined for it. They're a protected species.

10 best snorkel tours in maui

Strike Zone Bottom and Sport Fishing - 6 Hour Tour

Catch a big one on Strike Zone's 6 hour fishing tour. You will sport fish on the way to and from your bottom fishing spots.

Ultimate Rafting Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Tour

The 6 hour Lanai Snorkel trip and dolphin watch includes 2-3 snorkel stops on Lanai, we see them 90% of the time) and whale watching during whale migration season (Dec - April).
Staff Favorite

Quicksilver Whale Watch

With views of Kaho'olawe, Lana’i, and Maui, this dinner cruise brings the enchantment and magic of the Islands to life.

Kimo's Self-Guided Bike & Snorkel Electric Bike Tour

The BEST way to snorkel multiple destinations, effortlessly! Combining peddle-less electric biking & snorkeling in Maui’s translucent blue waters – can’t beat this local experience.